Jayhawks bond over trip through Normandy

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 in Alumni News and News

A group of twenty Jayhawks are currently traveling throughout France as part of a Flying Jayhawks trip commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The travelers left the United States on Oct. 21 for an exclusive journey through Normandy, with excursions to the D-Day landing beaches, including poignant Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery, the Peace Memorial at Caen and the German cemetery at La Cambe. The group also traveled to Monet’s home and studio in Giverny and the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, and they enjoyed a special tasting of Normandy’s famous Calvados brandy.

Flying Jayhawks trips not only provide travelers an opportunity to see beautiful and historic sites around the world and learn about their history, but it’s also a bonding experience for alumni and friends.

Several members of our Board of Directors are participating in this adventure: Greg Ek, b’76, and his wife, Debby; John Ballard III, b’73 and his wife, Cindy; and former board chairman Jeff Briley, d’74, and his wife, Jean, d’75.

Debby Ek sent us this picture of the KU contingent in front of the commune of Sainte Mére-Église, one of the first towns liberated on D-Day. The trip concludes on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Flying Jayhawks on trip to Normandy, France

Travel the world with fellow Jayhawks! Visit www.kualumni.org/travel for more information about upcoming trips and to sign up for emails about the Flying Jayhawks program.

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